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7,000-year-old remains of young Indonesian woman reshape views on early human migration

SCMP, 07 Oct 2021
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Genetic material found in the remains of a young woman who died 7,000 years ago in Indonesia has altered theories about early human migration in Asia. Researchers nicknamed the teenager Besse, which means “newborn baby girl” in the regional language where the bones were found. Researchers say Besse descended from Austronesian people known to live in Southeast Asia and Oceania at the time, but she also had a small amount of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from the Denisovans, a group of ancient humans named after a cave in Siberia where their remains were first found. The discovery is challenging the previous theory that the groups crossed paths in Asia only 3,500 years ago.

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